Polaroid announces first interchangeable lens Android camera

Sakar International has formally unveiled the distinctly Nikon-esque iM1836 – a modular camera system wearing Polaroid branding. There are no technical details about the sensor as yet, but the first model is said to be an Android-based, Wi-Fi-connected camera with Ricoh GXR-style interchangeable modules with the sensor built into the lens. Further adapter modules are promised to allow use of Pentax K, Nikon F and Micro Four Thirds lenses.

This Polaroid’s Android camera differs from Samsung’s; there is no 3G. You’ll be relying on either Wi-Fi or your smartphone to access the Internet, and it comes ready to tether (via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth).

The iM1836 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with a 10-30mm zoom lens. It features a 3.5” touch screen on the back of the body to operate it. The camera will be an 18 megapixels and video up to 1080p. The camera also will be embedded with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The iM1836 will cost $399, coming in the first quarter of 2013.

Samsung unveils smaller, cheaper Galaxy S III

Jeng jeng jeng. Today Samsung Electronics has unveiled a smaller and cheaper version of the Galaxy S III smartphone with the same screen size as the iPhone 5 in Germany.

The device, dubbed the Galaxy S3 Mini, features a 4-inch screen and the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. By comparison, Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone has a 4.8-inch screen.

Samsung said the mini would be launched in Europe later this month but kept mum on schedules for other countries and it is expected to be priced between USD 350 to USD 430.

It is powered by the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, packed with S Voice, a language recognition software, and Smart Stay which keeps the screen lit as long as you are looking at it.

The display has a lower resolution of 800×480 pixels compared to 1,280×720 pixels, the camera is five rather than eight megapixels and the S III’s dual-core 1.5GHz processor has been downgraded to 1GHz.

The Mini’s screen is the same size as the iPhone 5 launched last month by Apple, but its reduced feature set makes it more of a corner man in the heavyweight clash between the iPhone 5 and the S III.

Comparison galaxy s3 with galaxy s3 mini side by side

What’s new in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

We are not talking about jelly bean food. It is new Android version 4.1 which code named as Jelly Bean. Recently, Google showed off their new product, Asus Nexus 7, a cheap tablet along with another new Google software product for mobile, Android 4.1. So, what we can expect from this new upgrade OS?

Not so much we can expect because the version 4.1 seem to be small update/enhancement of current features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Here I can summarize several features that all the tech reviewer said.

Speed and Smoothness
Faster, more responsive interface throughout the system. Google made some efforts to improve this feature by creating team called “Project Butter”. Jelly Bean will sense the location and direction of your finger and predict, a few milliseconds early.

New way voice command actions
Last time, if you send a text message or type using voice command, you need internet connection. But now you can do it offline. (The software itself can interpret queries, rather than streaming them up to Google’s servers for analysis). The functionality looks like Apple’s Siri virtual assistant. [Read more...]